Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman
mjlayman

This journal has been placed in memorial status. New entries cannot be posted to it.

Did Rudy Really Decrease Crime in NYC?

An interesting article in yesterday's WashPost says "probably not." There are stunning charts that show that crime has followed lead in houses and atmosphere -- just 20 years later.

The theory offered by the economist, Rick Nevin, is that lead poisoning accounts for much of the variation in violent crime in the United States. It offers a unifying new neurochemical theory for fluctuations in the crime rate, and it is based on studies linking children's exposure to lead with violent behavior later in their lives.

What makes Nevin's work persuasive is that he has shown an identical, decades-long association between lead poisoning and crime rates in nine countries.


The graphics for the US, Canada, and Britain.
Tags: news
Subscribe

  • Asimov's January 2013

    Williams talks about Mars authors, and tells us her favorite is Ray Bradbury. I liked all of these, which is unusual, so I will just connect you…

  • Asimov's December 2012

    Williams wrote about how she had a lot of problems with books using apocalypse when she was young, and there were a number of stories in this issue…

  • Seed by Rob Ziegler

    This had a good enough page on Amazon that I bought it from SFBC. It's much more loose than I expected. Post-apocalypse has put everybody on our…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment